'Man of Steel' Easter Eggs Hint at Possible 'Justice League' Characters

Director Zack Snyder has hidden tons of DC Comics references in his Superman movie. From S.T.A.R. Labs to 'Watchmen', take a look at what you might have missed.

Man of Steel makes its awaited Blu-ray debut this November, and in anticipation of this release, Superfan @Alex_Cerrato has meticulously gone through the entire movie, finding many DC Comics Easter Eggs that director Zack Snyder has hidden throughout the storyline. There may be plenty more to hunt up once you get a copy of the movie in your own hands, but for now, take a look at these "blink and you'll miss them" references, which may very well be hinting at future Justice League characters, some of which might even popped up in Batman Vs. Superman.

Cyborg and S.T.A.R. Labs

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S.T.A.R. Labs (Scientific and Technological Advanced Research), is a research facility founded by a scientist named Robert Meersman, who wanted a nationwide chain of research laboratories unconnected to the government or any business interests. He succeeded not only on a national scale, but an international one as well: S.T.A.R. Labs currently maintains facilities in Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan as well as in the United States, with the total number of facilities numbering between twenty and thirty at last recorded count. Cyborg, also known as Victor Stone, is a superhero who is half man and half machine. His body was destroyed in a tragic accident, but he was saved through experimental technology; his body parts have been replaced with a large arsenal of high-tech gadgets and weaponry, while constantly providing life support. Stone struggles with his humanity as a machine, although his advancements have made him an unstoppable powerhouse.

Watchmen

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Watchmen is set in an alternate reality which closely mirrors the contemporary world of the 1980s. The primary point of divergence is the presence of superheroes. Their existence in this iteration of America is shown to have dramatically affected and altered the outcomes of real-world events such as the Vietnam War and the presidency of Richard Nixon. In keeping with the realism of the series, although the costumed crime fighters of Watchmen are commonly called "superheroes", the only character who possesses obvious superhuman powers is Doctor Manhattan. The existence of Doctor Manhattan has given the U.S. a strategic advantage over the Soviet Union, which has increased tensions between the two nations. Additionally, superheroes have become unpopular among the public, which has led to the passage of legislation in 1977 to outlaw them. While many of the heroes retired, Doctor Manhattan and The Comedian operate as government-sanctioned agents, and Rorschach continues to operate outside the law. The bloody smiley face is an iconic logo associated with the comic, which was also adapted for the big screen by Zack Snyder. Since Superman and Watchmen take place in alternate realities, its unlikely that the characters from these franchises will ever crossover in a future film.

Lex Luthor and LexCorp

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Lex Luthor has long been rumored to be a major player in Batman Vs. Superman. Will he be the sequel's main villain? That has yet to be seen, but its clear that director Zack Snyder is setting up the character for future use in one of the upcoming DC Comics movies. Its long been rumored that either Bryan Cranston or Mark Strong would likely play the part. Tom Hanks has also thrown his name in the ring, asking producers to cast him in the movie.

Batman and Wayne Enterprises

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Not only does Man of Steel set up the presence of Lex Luthor in its universe, it also sets up Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman, to be played by Ben Affleck. Its not yet known how or why the two biggest DC Comics superheroes come together on the big screen. But it is known that Gotham City's local football team will be going up against its rival, Metropolis.

Booster Gold and Blaze Comics

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Booster Gold is a time-traveling super-hero from the 25th Century who uses high-tech equipment to fight crime, alongside his robotic side-kick Skeets. His best friend and most regular partner is Blue Beetle. Not taken very seriously by his peers because of a careless and somewhat egotistical attitude, he is frequently under-estimated. The character had a major arc on the since canceled CW series Smallville. Blaze Comics is a comic book publisher noted for publishing the Booster Gold comic book series. The creators of the Booster Gold comic, Benjamin Lindgren and Martin Kramer, were killed by the 1000 to get the secrets of what they knew about Booster Gold.

Brianiac

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Brainiac is a super-intelligent alien being from the planet Colu who has fought Superman many times. Extremely advanced mental abilities that have allowed him to work through numerous robotic and even human proxies make him a dangerously formidable opponent. It is difficult to tell whether you're dealing with the original Brainiac, or one of his drones. His obsession with knowledge has led him to shrink down many cities to bottle size for transportation on his Skull Ship, including Kandor on Krypton. He is a frequent ally of Lex Luthor and has been a member of the Anti-Justice League. It has long been rumored that he would be a major villain in the Justice League movie.

Tony Gallo and Utopia Casino

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Tony Gallo was an hotelier from Nevada, who, many years ago, had established the Utopia Casino in the heart of New Troy, Metropolis. Newspaper magnate Perry White suspected Gallo of being an unscrupulous opportunist and assigned his most solid, incorruptible reporter, Lois Lane, to investigate him. Lane arranged for a personal meeting with Gallo at the Utopia Casino. If Bryan Cranston gets passed by for Lex Luthor, he would surely make a great Tony Gallo.

WGBS News

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Galaxy Communications is one of the world's leading telecommunications companies and an major economic engine of both Metropolis and the United States. Galaxy Communications also supplies cable service and phone service to customers in Metropolis. It has a broadband division that supplies Americans with cable and digital television services, and also produces several periodicals and books through its subsidiary Galaxy Publishing.

Christopher Reeve

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Its believed that in one moment during Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder superimposed Christopher Reeve's face over Henry Cavill's in an homage to the late actor.

What do you think? We now know that Cyborg, Booster Gold, Tony Gallo, and Brainiac are part of the Man of Steel universe. Which one are you most excited about seeing in a future movie?

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.


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  1. Viewer

    The construction site where Zod and Superman fight also has a sign saying Lexcorp on it.

    11 months agoby @ViewerFlag

  2. Titanictom

    Superman The Movie {1978] The Best Nuff Said!!!!!!

    11 months agoby @titanictomFlag

  3. David garcia

    I would love to see Doc. Manhattan in justice league, I mean he has the powers of traveling different dimensions. And cyborg of course and probably green lantern..

    11 months agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  4. Fry_3000

    Nice Easter eggs, makes the dc universe more alive

    11 months agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  5. Mieko_Siede

    @skywise Pacific Rim caught me off guard. I didn't really expect much from it but on a second and third watching there were so many things I had grown to appreciate about it. It wasn't a perfect visual spectacle but it was so intricate with its details. I have yet to see Gravity but it is definitely on my radar.

    11 months agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  6. skywise

    @mieko-siede I did notice that and I got a kick out of that as well. But it definitely depends on the movie ( I agree with you). But in general my first viewing of a movie...I try to only focus on the spectacle and what is presented before me in the most obvious fashion. I try not to think about shadows and lighting or color correction during a first viewing because it takes me out of the experience. So in that sense its generally hard for me to truly critique a movie in the first sit through because I am intentionally ignoring those factors whereas in subsequent viewings those are the things I really look at. Some movies though (like Gravity recently) I am able to enjoy the movie for what it is while appreciating the artistry that goes in to it.

    Man of Steel (like Pacific Rim) in my case is a prime example. I need to see it again ...and maybe again before I decide if its a movie I will be watching annually for years to come. When pacific Rim was released on Blu Ray I went back and watched focusing on the technical aspects of the films and while I was lukewarm on the first sit thru...I really REALLY enjoyed the 2nd viewing even more for that very reason.

    11 months agoby @skywiseFlag

  7. Mieko_Siede

    @skywise On another note, during the movie when he was fighting Zod one thing I noticed that was rather comical to me was when they rumbled into the construction site and there was a sign on one of the beams, "106 Days Without an Accident". It comes into view just before Zod slaps Superman with the melted beam sending him crashing into the sign and it knocks the 1 and the 6 off leaving only the 0 at Days Without an Accident. I don't know if you'd noticed it but it made me chuckle a bit.

    11 months agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  8. Mieko_Siede

    @skywise I can say that it depends on the movie for me. When something is awesome in scale and spectacle I tend to begin filtering it all in at first viewing. Sometimes I may miss something small in the foreground because of it, but I try to absorb it all or as much as possible in that sitting. It causes me to go back and watch something of quality a few more times to catch things I may not have seen before. Especially a movie like Man of Steel where it blends the grand with the subtle. That's film art at its finest. And then there are others that I'm so absorbed in the foreground that I have to go back because I will have completely missed anything that was in the detail. It's not very often though.

    11 months agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  9. skywise

    @mieko-siede I only saw the movie one and was really taken by the spectacle. Its usually on 2nd or 3rd viewings that I start paying attention to the background stuff.

    11 months agoby @skywiseFlag

  10. Brady Blankemeyer

    So i wasn't imagining things, when I really thought I saw Christopher Reeves at one point.

    11 months agoby @Brady-BlankemeyerFlag

  11. Replicant

    I only caught the LexCorp ones, can't believe I missed that Wayne Enterprises one!

    11 months agoby @felipe-11Flag

  12. ObiWanShinobi

    Hope the Braniac one actually materializes into something.

    11 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  13. Mr.K

    Nice, Snyder!

    11 months agoby @mr-kFlag

  14. Mr.K

    Nice, Snyder!

    11 months agoby @mr-kFlag

  15. Diaigma

    Good eyes, there :P

    11 months agoby @diaigmaFlag

  16. Mieko_Siede

    This is one of the things I was most impressed with about this movie, the incredible amount of detail contained within it. It was scaled with so many dimensions. At the same time, @skywise said it. If most of these easter eggs aren't pointed out you'd miss them. But the chance of noticing something you hadn't seen upon the first few viewings each time keeps the experience of watching it fresh.

    11 months agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  17. Sean

    Very very cool !!!

    11 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  18. Playhouse

    Thank you for not pointing to the moment where the whales come up to the floating Clark after the oil rig explosion as supposing to be some kind of Easter Egg for Aquaman. Same with the use of the word "Trident" used by the military in the film. People were trying way too hard to find Easter Eggs on those occasions.

    11 months agoby @playhouseFlag

  19. skywise

    Pretty clever. Had most of these not been pointed out I would probably have never noticed.

    11 months agoby @skywiseFlag

  20. K.Guy

    awesome easter eggs

    11 months agoby @kguyFlag

  21. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Some of them are just easter eggs, but not bad.

    11 months agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag